Rabat - The Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) will hold the MENA Regional SME Development Conference May 10 to 12 in Casablanca, gathering participants from many countries including Morocco to discuss the best practices for promoting SME development.
Rabat – The Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) will hold the MENA Regional SME Development Conference May 10 to 12 in Casablanca, gathering participants from many countries including Morocco to discuss the best practices for promoting SME development.
The CLDP, a division of the US Department of Commerce working to realize US foreign policy goals in developing and post-conflict countries through commercial legal reforms, will offer its unique government-to-government technical assistance to help promote the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The regional program will include participants from both the private sector, including incubators and accelerator programs, and government agencies aiming to promote entrepreneurship.
The CLDP has organized an extensive program, with topics that include best practices in building innovation ecosystems, facilitating effective and efficient business registration procedures, discussing benefits of promoting technology transfer at local universities as a mechanism to promote start-ups and spin-offs, and developing effective government assistance programs to small businesses.
Through a regional approach with countries from the Gulf, North Africa and the Caucuses, participants will share their best practices and experiences in promoting SME development. Moreover, promotion of technology transfer by US experts will focus on engagement with local universities to develop a legal and business framework in consideration of effective intellectual property laws and business registration procedures.
Participating in the conference are experts from the Small Business Administration (SBA) Tanya Smith, who will also share experiences on successful government assistant programs in the United States, including one-stop-shop and financial incentive programs. Presenting Morocco’s Small Business Promotion Agency, Mounir Zraidi, Head of Development of Maroc PME will shed light on the situation of SMEs in the Kingdom.
Furthermore, by engaging experts from Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing (OTL), CLDP will introduce participants to commercialization of technology and ecosystem creation through university centers.
The Commercial Law Development Program, established in 1992, has helped develop legal infrastructures in more than 50 countries to support domestic and international businesses alike through various programs. CLDP serves as a technical assistance catalyst to help developing countries make reforms and modernize the laws and regulations leading to economic growth.